Next up in our "Handpicked 3D Prints" series is the KXX Sound Ring, designed by Michiel Cornelissen. The 2010 World Cup instrument of choice was the vuvuzela; this time around in 2014, it's the Brazilian caxixi instrument (pronounced kah-shi-shi in Portuguese).
We first saw this product in the "3D Printspiration" email from Shapeways. Basically, it's a ring version of the caxixi instrument, which is a cool idea all by itself. The coolest part, though, is that throughout the 2014 World Cup, all proceeds from sales of the KXX Sound Ring will be donated to social good projects in Brazil's favelas.
According to the Shapeways blog, "The specific favela project benefitting from this sale is in Recife, one of the World Cup host cities. Michiel's relatives have been running a non-profit called Darue Malungo there for decades; they do wonderful work teaching dance, music, and social and cultural development to underprivileged kids. Some of them have gone on to become world class dancers and artists, so the project really works."
*** Creativity: It's jewelry meets instrument meets philanthropy in one well-designed package. The social good aspect puts this project over the top; you can make music—and a positive impact—at the same time. 10/10
*** Craft: Takes advantage of a specific type of 3D printing technology called SLS (Selective Layer Sintering) to keep the production process simple. With SLS, the 3D print is manufactured a single piece—no assembly required. It's basically like taking a laser and cutting your object out of a big snow bank. In this case, all those tiny sound-making balls are inside the ring, ready to go once printing is finished. 10/10
*** Cool Factor: Delights you in with a beautiful design. Surprises you with an unexpected sound. Makes you feel all warm and tingly inside with a good cause to support. 10/10
You can get the KXX Sound Ring by Michiel Cornelissen here starting at $15.23 (plus shipping).